In November 2002, Whedon talked to
NPR Fresh Air
about TV shows in general, and summed up perfectly just why people started turning off
The X Files.
It's like he's in our mind.
“One of the reasons why
The X Files
started to leave me cold was that after five years, I just started yelling at Scully, 'You're an idiot. It's a monster,' and I couldn't take it anymore,” he says. “I need people to grow, I need them to change, I need them to learn and explore, you know, and die and do all of the things that people do in real life.
“And so [
Buffy the Vampire Slayer] we're very, very strict about making sure that things track, that they're presented in the right way. Because, ultimately - and this is one of the things that I did find out after we had aired, the soap opera, the characters - the interaction between them is really what people respond to more than anything else.”